This year, some automakers started offering semi-autonomous driving under certain circumstances. In the not too distant future, these same types of technology will likely be part of every electronic OEMs logistics planning.
Automation of cars and trucks have the potential to increase safety and affordability of transportation, and will allow more cars to navigate the roads. In the next five years, the number of self-driving features will increase. However, some roadblocks, including potential liability, the need for regulation, and the practicalities of legislation still remain.
According to Navigant Research, 85 million autonomous-capable vehicles are expected to be sold annually around the world by 2035. “Studies have shown that measurable improvements in traffic flow can be expected if as few as 10% of vehicles on a road are using adaptive cruise control, which is just one type of advanced driver assistance,” said Dave Alexander, senior research analyst with Navigant Research in a written statement. “One of the challenges is not just to get the systems installed, but to provide incentives for people to use them on a daily basis.”
The infographic below, created by Ohio University’s Online Masters in Electrical Engineering degree program, lays out some of the realities of autonomous vehicles, and takes a closer look at the potential legal, ethical and engineering, challenges.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN